of links to beesource on the post, but I didn't link directly to the forum. There is a lot of info there. I tried looking for info on swarming a couple of days ago. Michael Bush posts on that forum as well.
Maybe you could try talking to an organic beekeeper in GA about a good source for hives. I found a link for Bartow Beekeepers in GA. Coincidentally, they happen to be having an event Sept. 14th (today) with guest speaker Donald Kuchenmeister on the subject of "Small cell beekeeping and Organic beekeeping."
You can check out some of his videos on his YouTube Channel. He seems to be thrifty when it comes to finding cheap and effective solutions for hives. Check out some of his classes on his website; he may be able to come up with a cost effective way to build a hive.
Ex. 1 - Hive beetle trap - Crisco, boric acid, political sign cutout.
Ex. 2 - Using fishing line instead of wire to support his hive frames. Not using metal eyelets.
I'll keep my eye out for other GA beekeepers.
Sidenote: Bartow Beekeepers website also links to Michael Bush and Bee Source.